Two Clare finalists in community & council awards

Cliffs of Moher Trail
Pic Eamon Ward

Two Clare finalists have been included in the shortlist for the Community & Council Awards 2017.

Ballina Killaloe Sports & Community Facilities Development Company is in the running for Best Public Park while Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark is nominated for Best Community Based Initiative.

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2016 has been an extraordinary year for entries with over 200 nominations received and over 120 entries shortlisted across the 22 categories.

Now in its eleventh year, the Community & Council Awards have grown in popularity across the nation, providing an important platform to recognise and reward communities and councils who are working together to deliver excellence in development and recreational projects. The Awards have been expanding and developing annually, thus reflecting the changes in our contemporary society.

Speaking at the finalists launch, IPB Chairman George Jones said, “We see the Community and Council Awards as a perfect fit for IPB, recognising as it does, the unique relationship our local authority Members enjoy with their communities in creating a better society for living and working.”

Cllr Mags Murray Chairperson of the LAMA Executive commented, “I am blown away by the Trojan work being carried out across the country. I am delighted to see so many innovative and unique projects being recognised and congratulations to all who have reached the finalist stage”.

This year’s Community & Council Award winners will be announced at the gala Awards ceremony, hosted by RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey at the Crown Plaza Hotel Dublin Airport, Northwoord on Saturday the 4th Feburary 2017.


Best Civil Engineering Project
Clonmel Enterprises- Leopardstown Link Road & Roundabout Reconfiguration
Iarnród Éireann – Refurbishment of the Boyne Viaduct
Meath County Council- Ashbourne Main Street Refurbishment Scheme
Wicklow County Council – M11 Rathnew to Arklow Road Improvement Scheme

Best Community Based Initiative
Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark
Cork County Council- Courtmacsherry Community Shop
Dublin City Council- Raheny Age Friendly Community Club
KBK Community Project- Billy’s Tea Rooms and Shop
Kiltipper Ramblers- Help The Hills
Limerick City and County Council- Team Limerick Clean Up – TLC
Roscrea CFR Group
Royal Canal Clean Up Group

Best Connected Community
Athboy HUB
Fingal County Council- working in Partnership with local Councillors, Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce and Balbriggan Community Council
Limelight Communications
Templeport Development Association

Best Education and Training Initiative
Ballivor Community Library
Dublin City Intercultural Language Centre- English Language and Integration/Community building
I Wish
KCETB & Waterford Area Partnership
Mayo County Council’s Jackie Clarke 1969 Collection
SOLAS- European Globalisation Adjustment Fund

Best Education Building
Cavan County Museum- 1916 Rising Exhibition and Experience
Kishoge Community College
Lifetime Lab @ Old Cork Waterworks
Sammon Contracting Ireland- Temple Carrig Secondary School
Sammon Contracting Ireland- Woodbrook College

Best Energy Smart Initiative
Codema & Dublin City Council- Home Energy Saving Kit
Cork City Council- Ard Bhaile Social Housing complex

Best Health & Well – Being Initiative
Cavan Sports Partnership- Cavan County Council Staff Wellbeing Programme
Dublin City Council- The Ballybough Community, Youth and Fitness Centre
Dungarvan Community Hospital- Go for life
Fingal County Council- MarathonKids
Kildare West Wicklow Community Addiction Service – Women in Recovery Programme
LeisureWorld Cork- The Functional Zone
Mayo County Council
Mayo Sports Partnership- Men on the Move
Why Weight Ireland

Best Heritage Project
Cavan County Museum- 1916 Rising Exhibition and Experience
Clonmel Enterprises- Refurbishment & Restoration of Beaver Row Footbridge
Cork City Council
Dublin City Council- Richmond Barracks
Fingal County Council- Swords Castle:Digging History
Fore Heritage & Amenity Group- St Fechin’s Trail and Tale
Lough Gur Development Co-operative Society
Mid Ulster District Council- Seamus Heaney HomePlace
Waterways Ireland- Landscape Character Assessment of the Grand and Royal Canals

Best Irish Business working in the Community
Celtic Ross Hotel
Early Career Awards 2016
Fingal County Council- BASE Enterprise Centre
Gweedore Bar – Our Beloved Emigrants
Kellys Centra Mountain Top
Northside Community Enterprises- Cork City Better Energy Communities 2016

Best New / Micro Business
An Olivia Chocolate
Fingal Local Enterprise Office- InvizBox
kiki moon
Tumbledown Media

Best Public Building
Dublin City Council- The Ballybough Community, Youth and Fitness Centre
Fingal County Council- County Hall – Atrium Redevelopment
Shankill Tennis Club & Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council- Shankill Indoor Tennis Centre

Best Public Park
Ballina Killaloe Sports & Community Facilities Development Company
Fingal County Council- St. Catherine’s Park, Lucan
Limerick City and County Council- Mungret Park and Playground
RPS & on behalf of Cork City Council – Tramore Valley Park
Wexford County Council

Best Road Safety Initiative
An Garda Síochána & The Road Safety Authority- Project Edward; European Day Without A Road Death.
Balbriggan Community Gardaí & Foroige- RSA Wrecked Initiative
Kildare County Council- Safer Roads’ Exhibition
Mayo County Council- Thinking outside the box “Go on, Go on, take a break” campaign
Road Safety Authority- Check it Fits

Community Volunteer of the Year
Ása Ólafsdóttir-O’Hanlon- The Dining Room, Christ Church of Ireland
Gerry White- Hilltown Environmental Awareness Group
Hendrick Verwey- JCI Cobh/Cobh Tidy Towns/See You in Cobh/Cobh Tourism
Joe O’Dowd- Ballyfermot Club for Physically Disabled
Paul Ryan- Lough Gur Development Co-Operative Society
Phoebe O’Leary- Ardclough Youth Theatre/ Ardclough Community Council
Sandra Dillon- meeting place club supporting teenagers under the spectrum
Sharon Byrne- Tallaght Community Volunteer
T.J Hogan- Traveller Visibility Group (TVG)

Council of the Year
Cork City Council
Fingal County Council
Kildare County Council
Mayo County Council

Emergency Response Person of the Year
Galway County Council- Lifeguard response, 21 July 2016 at Tracht Beach, Kinvara, Co.Galway
Galway Waterways Patrol- Patroling waterways in City at night preventing tragedies
Irish Water Safety- PHECC
Tramore Cliff and Mountain Rescue Association
Wexford MarineWatch

Fáilte Ireland Best Tourism Initiative
Dublin Fringe Festival
Louth County Council
Mayo County Council- Mayo International Dark Skies
Quirky Nights Glamping Village
Revolutionary Sightseeing
The Latin Quarter- 1916 Freedom Tour

Local Sports Club of the Year
Austin Stacks GAA Club- One Club for Young & Old
Ballyboden St Enda’s
Clondalkin Cricket Club
Donabate Portrane Community & Leisure Centre
Fingal County Council
Mayo County Council- Westport United Community Development
Mayo County Council
The Peace Link
Whitechurch Boxing Club

Most Innovative Authority
Athy municipal District council
Dublin City Council & Codema, Dublin’s Energy Agency- Ireland’s First Local Authority Energy Performance Contract
Fingal County Council
Fingal County Council- Fingal Online Consultation Portal
Limerick City & County Council

Most Significant Contribution to Water Quality
Cavan County Council
Coomhola Salmon Trust, ltd.
Limerick City and County Council- Loobagh River Project
Local Authority Waters and Communities Office- Working Together’ – a Local Authority information booklet

National Impact Award
Shortlist to announced soon

Disability Access & Inclusion Award
Shortlist to announced soon

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